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July, 2016

 

 

 

 

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My diary lapsed from the time I left Sidney on Saturday the 23rd until August 3rd.  Here is a synopsis of the interim, starting that day.

Saturday July 23rd, 2016: Today, I packed and tidied the boat in preparation for leaving. Just before noon, I caught a cab to YYJ and checked a bag for my flight home.  The plane was full and I was upgraded to Plus for free.  We lifted off at 1305 and landed at YYC mid-afternoon.  I caught a cab to my car in Airdrie, stopped for groceries and drove home.

The yard was overgrown and the basement smelled damp from record rains that fell while I was away.

This place is a big change from my home of the past few weeks.  Going from forty-two feet by twelve feet of home and no yard to and few demands to acres of un-mowed lawn and a large home full of plants and knickknacks is a big shock.

I called Ruth and she said they would be passing by and would drop Zippy off on the way by if I was up.  I waited up but I guess I did not hear the doorbell.  They let Zippy in and she showed up beside my armchair around ten.

Sunday July 24th, 2016: I noticed that Zippy was filthy and restless.  I gave her a bath and trimmed some of the matted fur, then I began the task of mowing the yard and looked at several hives.

The hives are coming along, but not like most years.  I suspect I was sprayed last year.  Maybe I just have that new nosema, but usually entire yards are not uniformly slow.  I don't know. I'm sure if I did enough tests that I could find something to blame, but I have learned that many things simply cannot be explained. I am not seeing any signs of varroa.

I had put in Apistan a while back and it must have worked.  I also drizzled oxalic on many of the hives twice this year. I realise that only once is recommended,  but also have heard from others that in season, multiple treatments don't seem to hurt.

Monday July 25th, 2016: My van was still at the auto body shop so I called and said I'd come by when I had a chance. Then I called a dentist and made an appointment for Wednesday and figured to get the van then.

Lawn mowing continued.

The grass was thick and damp and I can see that the lawn will suffer from the clumps of cut grass.  I simply don't have the time or inclination to pick them up.  No matter, though.  My lawns are not city lawns.  A few weeds and quack grass are fine by me as long as the grounds are neat, and the mowed area provides a fire break.

Tuesday July 26th, 2016: Time was running out for upgrading to Windows 10 for free and I decided to go ahead with upgrades on my main two machines since I will have to go that way eventually and it will cost me $300 US if I miss the deadline -- and, besides, one of my machines was running poorly. In the past upgrading to the latest Windows over the previous one usually cleared up issues.

I assumed the job would be a slam-dunk and I began preparations.  One machine had an SSD, but it was small, and was full enough to cramp WIndows performance.  The upgrade cannot run without adequate headroom, so I cloned the drive onto a 500GB SSD I had lying around almost an year and installed it, then did an image of the other machine. I figured if I removed the GWX control panel setting sand ran Windows Update, I'd be on my way, but Update proved to be balky, and the upgrade would not start.

Wednesday July 27th, 2016: I arranged with Carolyn to drive with me to Linden to pick up my van so she could drive the car back while I continued to Carstairs.  Along the way, I stopped at The Mill for coffee and gallon of gas since I discovered that the van was empty and then continued on the the dentist in Carstairs. 

I had figured I'd be an hour at most at the dentist, since all I had was a checkup and teeth cleaning, but the appointment took at least two and maybe three hours. The dentist did measurements and took x-rays from every angle and the cleaning took a while since I had not had them cleaned for years. 

I returned home to my lawns and the computers and a customer who wanted a hive.  I had gone through a few hives earlier looking for a suitable hive and disturbed them enough that we now could not find a queen in the hive I made up for him.  He agreed to return Friday when they have settled down and then queen should be easy to find.

Back at the computer desk, I discovered that the Windows ten upgrade would not run on either machine. Period.  No matter what method I used, the process was killed the second I invoked it.  Odd.  Win 10 had installed by stealth on my netbook some time back without my consent or assistance, but when I wanted to upgrade, no luck. I spend hours trying all sorts of angles and downloading various copies and tools. No joy.

Thursday July 28th, 2016: Running out of time to upgrade, I continued to work on the project.  Still no joy. I had company coming for supper, so I took a break and drove to town for supplies. 

We had burgers indoors since the weather changed at the last minute.  Zippy was smelly again and Maddy noticed some small bugs on her. Everyone had a great time and the last left around ten.

I cleaned up and then was up until 3AM working on the upgrades.   I finally managed to crack the problem with the assistance of a tweaking.com utility and went to bed fairly certain that I had succeeded. 

Zippy sleeps in my room and smelled awful.  She was restless and not sleeping.  She twitched and scratched and moved around and the noise and smell kept me awake, too.

Friday July 29th, 2016:  Frankly, from the smell and the twitching, I was afraid Zippy was mortally ill and dying, so as soon as the vet office opened I called for an appointment.  We went in at 1115.

Right away, the vet discovered and identified a dog louse (trichodectes canis ) and gave me a shampoo and a topical systemic to apply. 

She said that other than the lice, Zippy was fine.  We went home and I gave her another bath.  She does not like baths, but after she was calm and slept well.  Apparently the lice were bothering her so much that she was peeing herself when she dozed and made her twitch involuntarily.

Apparently this bug does not bother with humans, but I cannot take her to visit others or leave her with friends with dogs until she is clean.  I had planned to visit Mom, but that is not in the cards for now.

Saturday July 30th, 2016: Where did Saturday go?

Sunday July 31st, 2016: Sunday, too?

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